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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Transfer Rumours

Several rumours are now circulating about current Bulls players and potential suitors in the January transfer window.

One rumour spreading widely amongst fans is a Brentford move for defender Dean Beckwith. While the club may be interested in the player, how they will finance the deal in another matter.

The Bees lost over £500,000 last season despite selling DJ Campbell to Birmingham for £600,000 and making the play-off semi finals. This season, the club have already admitted that they are unable to sustain the wage bill on current gates and form, being bottom of League One, and transfer listed five players from their 26 man squad last week.

Another name linked to Beckwith, and Tamika Mkandawire, is that of Crewe. Dario Gradi has already stated his intent to bring in a defender in the transfer window and, using Luke Rodgers and/or midfielder Lee Bell as bait, could agree a beneficial player exchange with the two clubs having a good working relationship.

Bell, 23, is available for loan after dropping down the pecking order behind former Bulls target Ben Rix. Back in October, it was Rix who was waiting for Bell to get his fitness back to move to Edgar Street on loan but Rix's form has kept the fully fit Bell out of regular action.

One other name linked to Mkandawire is that of Scottish side Hibernian. Management pair Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus were believed on the verge of moving for the player until their own switch to West Brom but their backroom staff remain at Easter Road and they are set to accept a £3million offer for Kevin Thompson and Scott Brown from Charlton and have identified several targets.

Both Andy Williams and Stuart Fleetwood are also still the subject of speculation of interest from Bristol Rovers, with Bristol City and Derby also believed to have shown interest in Williams, though Rovers may switch their attention to York's Clayton Donaldson.